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Relatives search for dead after stampede at Hindu festival

Anxious relatives searched for missing family members in northern India on Sunday after a stampede killed 36 people during one of the world's largest religious gatherings, as the emergency services came under fire for their handling of the tragedy.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 7:01am

Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

Ash-smeared naked saints led the ritual bathing before dawn - which is said to cleanse pilgrims of their sins - with millions following them into the swirling river waters at the festival site in Allahabad in northern India.

10 Feb 2013 - 1:50pm

Pilgrims flock to the Ganges for world’s biggest festival

Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India’s sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:52pm

Letters to the Editor, January 2, 2013

Democracy in the workplace is important

Former World Bank chief economist Justin Lin Yifu's book, The Quest for Prosperity, reviewed by Clive Crook ("A middle way around the economic errors of the past", December 24) suggests that the "structuralism" of the Soviet Union failed because of "isolation from global markets".

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

The four days of this year's Diwali celebrations begin today. Diwali, a contraction of Deepavali, is known as the festival of lights. One the most popular South Asian festivals, it's a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil that is also observed by Jains and Sikhs.

11 Nov 2012 - 10:54am

Briefs, October 26, 2012

Curfew imposed after clashes during festival

26 Oct 2012 - 3:02am

Letters to the Editor, October 19, 2012

Safety at sea tightened after ferry tragedy

I refer to the letter from Vanessa Ng ("Government can learn from tragedy", October 16).

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am 3 comments

Animals on pedestals

In October, Nepal holds a colourful five-day festival known as Tihar. While Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights - in the name of the goddess Lakshmi, Nepal adds in more days and elements.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Structured city

For a town that loves real estate, property related news is creating even more headlines than usual. The rumpus surrounding illegal structures is affecting homes everywhere, but the core of the issue is about ensuring the safety of buildings, which is of paramount importance.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Secret passions

For years, Manil Suri wrote in secret. Fearing disapproval from his fellow mathematics professors if they discovered he spent his leisure time writing fiction, Suri attended writing courses clandestinely while establishing himself as a tenured academic at the University of Maryland.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am